Pittsburg City Commission Meeting Recap – Sept. 24, 2019
City Press Releases
September 30, 2019
PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken at the Pittsburg City Commission held on September 24, 2019:
- Pete Mayo with Ascension Via Christi Hospital provided an invocation.
- William Strenth asked for the status and timeframes for the Silverback Landing neighborhood.
- Verna Lou Smith shared concerns about the safety of scooters.
- Trisha Hobbs presented concerns about mold issues at the Edge Apartments.
- Mayor Patrick O’Bryan gave a proclamation declaring Pittsburg a Census 2020 Partner. US Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Steve Hale was in attendance to accept the proclamation and share the importance of participation in the 2020 Census.
Commissioners approved the following items under the Consent Agenda:
- September 10, 2019, City Commission Meeting minutes.
- Appropriation Ordinance for the period ending September 24, 2019, subject to the release of HUD expenditures when funds are received.
The following actions were taken under the Agenda:
- ANNEXATION REQUEST AND INCENTIVE PACKAGE – MIKE CARPINO FORD LINCOLN – The City Commission considered the recommendation of Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) to accept the request submitted by Mike Carpino to annex his property, located at 1097 South Highway 69, into the City of Pittsburg, and approval of the proposed economic development incentive package for Mike Carpino Ford Lincoln. After some discussion, commissioners agreed to table the decision until the proposal could be brought back to the EDAC and more clarification could be provided on the amount of sales tax revenue that would be collected by the City.
- APPOINTMENT TO 11th JUDICIAL DISTRICT COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ADVISORY BOARD – Commissioners appointed Vickie Malle to a two-year term as a member of the 11th Judicial District Community Corrections Advisory Board.
The following topics were discussed under Non-Agenda:
- DOCKLESS VEHICLES – Deputy City Manager Jay Byers and City of Pittsburg Administrative Intern James Cox presented information regarding a dockless vehicles ordinance. The proposed ordinance would help the Pittsburg Police Department with the regulation of rentable scooters. VeoRide, a company that provides rentable bicycles on the Pittsburg State University campus, is hoping to expand their market in Pittsburg by introducing scooters in other areas of town. The commissioners had a lengthy discussion about the safety of scooters, where people should be allowed to ride them, and other requirements that could be included in the ordinance to help the Police Department enforce their proper use. City staff will research other communities and provide additional data for the commissioners for their consideration.
- City Manager Daron Hall discussed the text and robocall survey sent by Evergy/Westar to some residents in Pittsburg and outside of Pittsburg on September 9.
- Commissioner Dawn McNay mentioned that some local candidates canvassing in the community were discussing the Silverback Landing neighborhood with residents. She distributed a list of dates to fellow commissioners in case they received questions.
- Commissioners asked City staff to provide information on what the City could do to address mold issues in residences.
- City Manager Daron Hall acknowledged Pittsburg firefighters who provided mutual aid during the Liberal Missouri high school fire.
- Lieutenant Christ Moore with the Pittsburg Police Department shared his experience while attending the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Conference. Lt. Moore serves as the Kansas State Director for LETR.
- City Manager Daron Hall mentioned that crews on South Rouse Street completed pouring the last stretch of concrete on the roadway on Monday. The next phase of the project will finalize the curbs, driveways, and the multipurpose trail.
City Commission Meetings:
The Pittsburg City Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, inside the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center courtroom. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
To learn more about the Pittsburg city government, city commissioners, or to view meeting agendas and minutes visit pittks.org/city-government/city-commission.
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